Ploiesti Sights and Landmarks Guide, Romania
Ploiesti, Sights – Museums and Memorial Houses
Ploiesti sights include two important memorial houses: Paul Constantinescu Memorial House and Nichita Stanescu Memorial House. Paul Constantinescu Memorial House presents an impressive collection of books, furniture and documents regarding the life and work of the well known composer. The museum’s building is the former residence of the artist and welcomes tourists with a permanent exhibition grouped in seven sections: symphonic music, opera, vocal-symphonic music, camera music, choral, voice and piano and movie soundtracks.
Nichita Stanescu Memorial House is located in a beautiful early XX century building, inherited by the writer from his parents. The memorial house presents original interiors, the writers’ piano, national and international awards, manuscripts, original documents, pictures and other personal belongings.
The Nicolae Simache Clock Museum is another unique sight in Ploiesti. Housed by a neo gothic architecture monument dating from 1910, the museum has a rich collection of Romanian and foreign clocks and watches, over 4000 pieces in all. Other such points of interest in town are also the Popular Art Museum, the I. L. Caragiale Memorial Museum, the National Oil Museum and the Museum Of Man.
Ploiesti, Sights - Natural Attractions
Ploiesti is a beautiful city with numerous parks, perfect for spending some time with children or friends. One of such places also has a skating rink, very popular in winter for children and adults in the same time, offering an outdoor alternative in a cold winter day.
Liberty Park is one of the most attractive in Ploiesti due to the numerous activities offered, from special areas for children, green lawns, decorative plants and trees, in like skating tracks, sport court, chess tables and so on. Adults will have a special place with free fitness equipment where anyone can come and workout, special area for walking pets and an artificial lake perfect for summer outdoor activities. Children can also enjoy a day with the ponies and horses at Ploiesti Hippodrome and even take lessons with a professional trainer.
Ploiesti, Sights - Culture and Arts
The cultural life in Ploiesti is centered among other things around the I. L. Caragiale Culture House and Students’ Culture House. The I. L. Caragiale Culture House houses different cultural events and also sustains different related organizations like the D. Gusti Popular University, a folkloric group, “Paul Constantinescu” Chorus, “Attitudes” Magazine, “Diana” Club and “Atitudes” Cenacle. Among the main events organized by this institution we must mention the national festivals, poetry contests, plastic creation international camps, religious painting exhibits, carols concerts, high school theatre competitions and more.
Ploiesti, Sights - Monasteries and Churches
Important sights in Ploiesti are also the churches, most of them declared monuments of architecture of national and international importance. Some of the early nineteen century such edifice are the “Maica Precista” Church built in 1820, “Sf. Haralambie” Church built in 1875, “Sf. Spiridon” Church, “Sf. Vasile” Church and the “Sf. Gheorghe Vechi” Church.
The oldest churches in town are the “Sf. Nicolae Vechi” Church, built at the end of the sixteen century and served the princely court and the Princely Church built in 1639. After years of decaying the “Sf. Nicolae Vechi” Church has been restored beautifully between 1988 and 1990 and receiving once again its long lost glory.
Among the most imposing churches in town we must mention the Saint John Cathedral. The edifice was initially built immediately after 1810 but reconstructed in 1840 with funds from the local Romanian, Bulgarian, Greek and Serbian communities. Throughout time the building has continuously been modified; its roof, floors, paintings and so on.
Ploiesti, Sights – Theatres
Ploiesti houses “Toma Caragiu” Theatre, an important local cultural institution with a history of over 55 years, promoting Romanian and international dramaturgy and trying permanently to mix classic plays with avant-garde ones. The theatre’s activity is divided in three sections: Drama, Revue and Puppets. The theatre also houses every year in May the Jazz Festival gathering numerous artists from Romania and abroad.
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